I wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season. In 2004, I will be looking for new and exciting industry news to share in the Grapevine Column. I look forward to hearing from you.

Get Your Brooms Ready for the 32nd Annual Doodlespiel!

The 2004 Doodlespiel Committee has been busy organizing this year’s curling bonspiel in Banff, Alberta. The three-day event will be held on January 30th, 2004 through to February 2nd, 2004. Doodlespiel entries must be sent in no later than December 14th, 2003. The committee this year is planning another successful Saturday evening social event at the Rose and Crown. A big thank you goes out to the organizing committee that includes Rob Langill (Chairman), Marty Sommerville (Vice Chairman & Draw Master), Darrel Jackson (Finance & Sponsorship), Steve Fuller (Assistant), Allison Niemi (Special Arrangements), Jim Ross (Assistant) and Chris Barton (Past Chairman). Hope to see you on the ice January 30th!

CSEG Membership Renewals

Just a friendly reminder that the 2004 CSEG Membership renewals are due on January 1, 2004. Please forward membership payments to the CSEG offices at 905, 510 - 5th Street S.W. Calgary, AB. T2P 3S2.

More Companies on the Move!

Paradigm Canada has a new office. Paradigm Canada’s office has moved effective October 30th, 2003. The new location is:

Suite 2500, 520 - Fifth Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB T3P 3R7
All phone and fax numbers remain the same.

The Excalibur-Gemini Group Ltd. has Moved!

Effective October 20th, 2003, TEGGL has moved to join forces with parent company Divestco Inc. All phone and fax numbers remain the same. You can reach your TEGGL team at their new location:

8th Floor, 707 - 7th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3H6
Tel. (403) 264-8850 Fax (403) 264-8868

Some Interesting Statistics to Share:

Statistics Canada produces an annual Survey of Surveying and Mapping Services, which pertains to firms classified as being in either of the following North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry categories: geophysical surveying and mapping services (NAICS 541360) and surveying and mapping (except geophysical) services (NAICS 541370). The 2001 Survey results were released in March 2003. Here are some highlights:

  • The surveying and mapping industry generated $1.7 billion in operating revenues in 2001, an increase of 8.0% over 2000. Rising commodity prices for oil and natural gas led to increased exploration for new reserves. This directly benefited the geophysical surveying and mapping sector, whose services are essential to any exploration efforts.
  • Alberta led all provinces in surveying and mapping services, accounting for 68% of operating revenues earned in the overall industry in 2001 – up from its 63% share in 2000. As well, Alberta operating revenues jumped by $162 million, while the other provinces experienced little or negative growth in 2001.
  • Most of the growth was in the area of geophysical surveying activities, which represented 55.3% of the industry’s total operating revenues in 2001, followed by land surveying activities at 39.0%.
  • Geophysical surveying activities are highly concentrated in Alberta-based firms, which generated 94% of total sales of geophysical surveying services in 2001.

Should you want more information about the results of this survey, the 2001 Surveying and Mapping Services Report is available upon request. Please contact Michel Savard at 613- 951-3175 (michel.savard@statcan.ca) to request your free copy. The 2002 Report will be available in December 2003.



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